The first official US stamps were issued in 1847, depicting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (5 and 10 cents). These were followed by 50 years worth of highly collectible 19th Century US Stamps, including an imperforated series in the 1850s, special Civil War stamps, bank note stamps, the first pictorial issues in 1869 (featuring images other than US leaders), and the first US commemorative stamps, issued in conjunction with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

There was also a set of special re-printings in 1875, meant specifically for stamp collectors.


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Ckstamps : Us Old Stamps Scott #121 30c Grill 1869 Unused Regum Cv$5750/ogUs $1 Trans-mississippi 1898 Sc 292 Nh Cat Value $3500Us Columbian Sc # 243 1893 $3 Mint Nh Cat $5250U.s. #130 Scarce Unused W/cert - 1875 24c Pictorial Reissue ($900)Us 1898 Trans Mississippi Nh Thru $1 #292 & $2 #293 Cat $12,620Us Early Mint Stock Of 1861 Classics Thru 90c #72 Cat $23,225Nystamps Us Stamp # 39 Mint With Gum H $3000Us 1893 Mint And Nh Columbians Thru $5 #245 Cat $20,215Us 30c Pictorial 1869 Sc 121 Lh Cat Value $5750Us Columbian Sc # 241 1893 $1 Mint Nh Cat $38501918 24c Bi-color Airmail, Scott C3 – Large Multiple – Block Of 12 – P.o. Fresh(1847) 5c Franklin Scott 1 Proof – Brown, Small Die On Grey Card.Lisasgang: Us Scott Catalog # 291Us 5c Type I 1851-57 Sc 12 H Cat Value $30000Us Pictorial Sc # 130 1875 24c Mint H Cat $2100Nystamps Us Stamp # 119 Mint Og H $3250U.s. #33 Rare Mint W/cert - 10c Green, Type Iii ($6,000)Us Pictorial Sc # 117 1869 12c Mint Lh Cat $1900Nystamps Us Stamp # 240 Mint Og Nh $1500Us 15c Pictorial 1875 Sc 129 H Cat Value $1350Nystamps Us Stamp # 13 Appear Mint With Gum H $19000 Us Trans-mississippi Sc # 292 1898 $1 Mint Nh Cat $3500Ckstamps : Us Old Stamps Scott #120 24c Grill 1869 Unused Regum Cv$8000/ogNoblespirit No Reserve My/1181 Desirable Pair Us 1+2 Red Cancels= $1,600 Plus!Us 1869 Pictorials Thru 90c With 15c Ty I #118, 24c, 90c Cat $47,200U.s. #313 Scarce Mint - 1902 $5.00 Marshall ($2,100)1847 10c Washington Scott 2 Proof – Black, Large Die Proof On Sunken Card. Nice!U.s. #127 Scarce Mint - 1875 10c Yellow Re-issue ($1,650)Us 12c Pictorial 1869 Sc 117 H Cat Value $1900Us Awesome 1847-1996 Stamp Collection- Liberty Album. Most Mint Nh - No Reserve!Noblespirit No Reserve (jg) Key 263 $5 Marshall F/vfu = $2750!Us 5c Type Ii 1857-61 Sc 30 Lh Cat Value $1250Us 30c Columbian 1893 Sc 239 Nh Cat Value $750Us Banknote Sc # 218 1888 90c Mint Nh Cat $2750Us Stamp:#240 50c Slate Blue Recall Of Columbus 1893 Issue Unused StampNoblespirit No Reserve (jg) Fresh Trans-miss 285-291 Mlh = $1150Nystamps Us Stamp # 288 Mint Og Nh $330Scott#291 50c Trans Mississi​​​​​​​​​​ppi 1898 Mint Lh OgUs Portrait Sc # 77 1861-66 15c Mint Lh Cat $4750#261a MngNystamps Us Stamp # 244 Mint Og H $2100Hawaii, #26, Unused, Hps Cert. HawaiianUs Perf 15 Sc # 37 1857-61 24c Mint H Cat $1400Us Franklin Sc # 419 1912-14 20c Mint Nh Cat $400U.s. #38 Scarce Unused - 30c Orange ($800)Lisasgang: Us Scott Catalog # 290Nystamps Us Stamp # 37 Mint With Gum H $1400Us 2c Pictorial 1869 Sc 113 Nh Cat Value $1500Nystamps Us Stamp # 245 Mint Og H $2500Us Stamp:#10x1 5c Gray Black Providence, R.i.1898 Genuine Stamp + CertificateUs Bureau Sc # 253 1894 3c Mint Nh Cat $325Nystamps Us Stamp # 239 Mint Og H $275Us 24c Perf 15 1857-61 Sc 37a H Cat Value $1400Noblespirit No Reserve (jg) Useful 294-299 F/fv Centered Mlh = $382 Us Pictorial Sc # 119 1869 15c Mint Hh Cat $3250Us Washington Franklin Issues 1910-17 Nh Cat $36,750Noblespirit No Reserve My/1171 Powerhouse $6750 Us Classic Grill SelectionCkstamps : Us Stamps Scott #78 24c Washington 1862 Unused H Seems Rg Cv$2750/ogUs Type I Sc # 12 1851-57 5c Mint Lh Cat $30000[ref44] Usa 1873 Scott#153 Mint No Gum Cv:$625